U.S. to ban travel to North Korea from September 1

U.S. to ban travel to North Korea from September 1

The United States has issued a ban prohibiting its citizens traveling to North Korea, a move triggered by the death of a US student imprisoned by Pyongyang during a tourist visit.

The ban, which comes into effect September 1, was introduced after officials said the “serious risk” of arrest by Pyongyang officials during tourist travel presented an “imminent danger to the physical safety” of its citizens.

“All United States passports are declared invalid for travel to, in, or through the DPRK unless specially validated for such travel,” read the restriction in the US government’s Federal Register, using the acronym for North Korea’s official name. Strict warnings against travel to the North were already in place before the ban was first announced last month following the death of American student Otto Warmbier.

Warmbier, 22, a student at the University of Virginia, died in June after being held by Pyongyang for more than a year on charges of stealing a propaganda poster from a North Korean hotel. He had been sentenced to 15 years’ hard labour in the North, but was sent home in a mysterious coma in June and died soon afterwards.

US President Donald Trump slammed Warmbier’s detention and eventual death as “a total disgrace,” pledging to “prevent such tragedies from befalling innocent people at the hands of regimes that do not respect the rule of law or basic human decency”.

The new ban will remain in effect for one year, unless it is revoked sooner by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Exemptions will be allowed in specific cases for humanitarian travel and journalists. Tour companies said the ban would significantly reduce the numbers of Western tourists to the impoverished country.

“Currently US citizens make up about 20 percent of the Western tourist market, so it will reduce the industry by at least that much — plus the collateral damage of others who may not want to go as a result of this,” said Simon Cockerell, general manager of Koryo Tours, the market leader in Western tourism to North Korea.

Some 5,000 Western tourists visit the North each year, with standard one-week trips costing about $2,000. The vast majority of tourists visiting North Korea are Chinese. Han Chol-Su, a senior North Korea development official, earlier denied that the loss of business would hurt his country’s economy.

“If the US government says Americans cannot come to this country, we don’t care a bit,” he told AFP in Pyongyang last month.

North Korean state media “relentlessly presents Americans in the most negative manner; rapacious, war-mongering, and utterly filled with hatred of the Korean people,” Cockerell said. Describing American visitors as “one of the best soft- power assets of the United States”, he added that the ban would eliminate a counterweight to that propaganda.

In Pyongyang, visiting US tourist Carolyn Dunlap described the move as “definitely not unexpected” in light of Warmbier’s death and other detentions. “Honestly the current travel advice is not much different from a ban, the only difference is people can still physically go,” she told AFP last week.

She planned her trip before speculation of the move mounted, but its timing means she will be one of the last US tourists to the country for at least one year.

You might also like

HR News

Alphons Kannanthanam appointed as the new Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism

In  the big reshuffle of his Council of Ministers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appointed many new ministers, changed  the portfolios  of many ministers and  some of the ministers have

Latest

Awards Galore for Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa at The 7th Asian Lifestyle Tourism Awards 2017

Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa has been recognized as the “Outstanding Beach Resort Destination in Asia”, “Best Spa Resort Destination in Indonesia” and “Best Wedding Destination in Indonesia” at

Slider

British Airways planes carrying Christians attacked by strange birds in air

A British Airways plane was attacked on air by birds of prey that completely damaged the aircraft. it took a lot of efforts before the pilots were able to land

Latest

Ethiopian Airlines offers great connectivity to Addis Ababa

Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing and most profitable airline in Africa recently started double daily flights from New Delhi to Addis Ababa apart from double daily operations from Mumbai. Addis

Destinations

Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa – An Unsurpassed Luxury of Accommodations

Beautifully nestled on 9 hectares of lush tropical Balinese gardens facing a span of 200 meters beach, the award-winning Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa offers an Authentically Bali experience

Trending

Delhi Duty Free Leads the way to Home Currency Pricing – First among all Travel Retailers in India

Hailing the directive from Central Board of Customs & Excise (CBEC) for Duty Free Retailers to display prices in Indian Rupees (INR); India’s largest Travel retailer – Delhi Duty Free

Trending

Thomas Cook India continues expansion drive

South India currently the company’s largest and fastest growing source market Strong 32% increase in the company’s Leisure Business from South India Expands organically- opens 8 new outlets in the region

MICE

DCT Abu Dhabi concludes successful participation at ATM 2018

77 industry stakeholders join Abu Dhabi delegation as part of four-day showcase The participation of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) at Arabian Travel

Latest

Experience Navratri the Gujarati Way!

The festival of Navratri is well known and celebrated all over India. But, there’s a reason why the mention of ‘Navratri’ invariably draws one’s mind towards the state of Gujarat. Nowhere

Slider

Martin Nydegger appointed as the new CEO of Switzerland Tourism

The Board of Directors of Switzerland Tourism appointed Martin Nydegger as the new CEO in January 2018. The Federal Council approved this decision at a meeting held in September 2017.

Trending

‘The Pride and Glory of Bali Yatra’ book launched at the Embassy of Indonesia, Delhi

‘Rediscovering India International Of Yore’, an initiative of Resource Indica : Roots & Revelations, In collaboration with the Embassy of the republic of Indonesia, New Delhi, presented ‘The Pride And

Destinations

Amazing Tourist Attractions of Naples

Naples is the capital of the Italian area – Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy, after Rome and Milan. This place is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities

0 Comments

No Comments Yet!

You can be first to comment this post!